Minor in Sociology

Understanding society better through research

Sociology is the study of how people live together (socio = together, logos = knowledge). Sociologists are interested in contemporary social themes such as criminality, the integration of immigrants, religion and culture, families and social inequality, norms and conflicts. Rather like all the topics you read about in newspapers or news websites or hear about on the TV news. In the Sociology and Social Research Minor, you learn to study these topics in a scientific manner and to understand and comprehend them better.

There is considerable freedom of choice in this Minor. By taking the Advanced sociological theory: modelling social interaction course, you gain a basis in sociological analysis and theories. In this Minor you can then develop your research skills further. For example, the Measurement and modelling with social data and Policy and Evaluation Research courses are suitable for that. You can also decide to explore different themes in depth (including Social Networks and criminal behaviour). In other words, with this Minor you learn to think and conduct research like a sociologist, and you can develop further in the field of your choice!

This Minor can be a good preparation for students who want to apply for the Research Master's programme Sociology and Social Research.

In the Master Keuzegids for 2017, this Master's programme was selected as one of the top programmes in the Netherlands. In the Social and Behavioural Sciences field, it is even the best Master's degree programme in the Netherlands. This Master's programme (and the Minor) is eminently suitable for students aspiring for an academic career or applied research position. If you want to take this Minor in preparation for this Master's degree programme, it is important to choose courses that focus on developing and improving your research skills from among those on offer.

Easy to incorporate
This Minor is designed to make it easy for students to incorporate it in their study programme. You can choose to take the Minor in one semester, or spread out the courses from the Sociology and Social Research Minor over one or more academic years.

The overall Minor programme totals 37.5 ECTS. There are four courses of 7.5 ECTC you have to complete. Two mandatory courses and you can make a choice of two courses out of the five other courses offered within this Minor programme.

Students can also choose to register for these courses separately without following the Minor.

Courses are held in complementary timeslots to ensure that students can enrol in the required courses each semester.

Mandatory courses first semester

Code Course Period Timeslot Level
200300009 Advanced Sociological Theory: Modelling Social Interaction 1 B 2
201800139 (early exit students only) or 201800138 Measurement and modelling with social data 2 A 3

Choice of two courses

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure your courses are not scheduled in the same timeslot.

Code Course Period Timeslot Level
200700018 Criminal Behaviour during the Lifecourse 1 D 3
200300125 Theory Construction and Statistical Modelling 1 C 3
201600411 Policy and Evaluation Research 2 B 3
201700126 (early exit
students only) or 200500126
Conducting a Survey 2 C 3
200300014 Social Networks in Theory and Empirical Research 3 A 3
201400012 Sociology of Organisations 3 C 3
  • English language proficiency.
  • Basic knowledge of the social and behavioural sciences.

Assumed knowledge

  • One basic course in statistics and one advanced course in regression analysis.
  • Basic skills of SPSS or another statistical software package including working with syntax.

Utrecht University students can register for this Minor via OSIRIS. On OSIRIS there is the tab ‘Register for Minors’ under 'Registration'. Registering for a Minor does not automatically mean that you are also registered for the courses associated with the Minor. You must register for the courses individually. Therefore, take the registration deadline into account. It is published on the site of your programme under ‘Registration and deregistration'.

Students from other Dutch Universities can enrol for the courses through our application form at OSIRIS Online Application (visit our subsidiary courses page for more information). Use the same application form to apply for the Minor. After your form is processed, the Student Information Point will enrol you for the Minor.

Exchange students from partner universities can register for the minor through the International Office. The International Office will check your eligibility for the individual courses and the minor and, if applicable, enrol you for both. If you have any questions about the enrolment, please contact the International Office (io.sbs@uu.nl) .

You will find the course descriptions in the OSIRIS Course Catalogue.

Would you like to know more?
For more information, please contact the Sociology Educational Support Team, tel. +31 (0)30 253 2101 and email: sociologie.fss@uu.nl.